Russian tank on the move in Mariupol
The attackers have intensified their attacks
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Dusseldorf The intensity of fighting in eastern Ukraine remains high, with the port city of Mariupol still in focus. The atrocities of Butcha in Russia’s war against Ukraine are fueling the global debate: What to do about Moscow? Ukrainian president consults with West on new sanctions against Russia.
SituationRussian forces are pressing ahead with their offensive in eastern Ukraine, according to Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky. However, Ukrainian troops were resisting and preventing further advances, Selensky said in a video message early Wednesday morning.
Ukraine was aware that Russia was pulling together reinforcements for its offensive, the president said. Ukrainian forces are outmatched in terms of the number of their soldiers and their equipment, he said. “We have no choice – the fate of our country and our people is being decided right now,” he said. “We know what we are fighting for. And we’re going to do everything we can to win.
humanitarian situation in the city is deteriorating,” the British Ministry of Defense informs based on information from military intelligence. Most of the remaining residents would have to cope without light, communications, medical supplies, heating or water, it said.
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Russian forces would have prevented humanitarian access, likely to increase pressure on defenders to surrender. The information could not initially be independently verified.
The Russian Defense Ministry had announced a new offensive. The government in Kiev – which Russia calls a “regime” to justify its attack – was constantly ignoring calls to stop fighting, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Tuesday evening in Moscow.
Ukrainian troops should lay down their weapons and withdraw from the city via agreed corridors, he said. Kiev, however, has no interest in protecting the lives of its soldiers or the people in the city, two ministry statements said.
“Mariupol is being liberated from nationalists by the units of the Russian Armed Forces and the Donetsk People’s Republic,” Major General Konashenkov said, by “nationalists” meaning the legally elected Ukrainian government. His colleague Mikhail Mizintsev said that humanitarian corridors were barely functioning. The Russian and Ukrainian sides repeatedly accuse each other of violations of the cease-fire. Russian forces said they had shot down two Ukrainian gunships in the city. This information could not be verified.
People in the port city could face more Russian attacks
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Ukrainian media, meanwhile, reported explosions in the Lviv (Lviv) region in the west and Dnipropetrovsk in the southeast of the country. The head of the Lviv military administration, Maxym Kosyzkyj, reported explosions in the
near the town of Radechiv, northeast of Lviv, Ukrajinska Pravda reported Wednesday night. There was no information yet on casualties or damage, it added.
In the Dnipropetrovsk region, eyewitnesses reported explosions in Novomoskovsk, an industrial town about 25 kilometers northeast of the oblast capital of Dnipro, according to Ukrajinska Pravda.
U.S. and its allies want to increase pressure on Russia with further sanctions. Another package – coordinated with the G7 countries and the EU – is to be presented today, Wednesday, announced the spokeswoman of the US Presidential Office, Jen Psaki. Thus, any new investment in Russia is to be banned.
The U.S. plans to unveil additional sanctions against Russia today
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addition, already existing punitive measures against banks and state-owned enterprises would be tightened. Government officials and their families would also be affected with additional punitive measures. The sanctions create costs for Russia and will further isolate the country, economically, financially and technologically.
A French government official had said earlier that the European Union would likely present new sanctions on Wednesday. Two European diplomats said the package was still being coordinated and would be announced in a coordinated manner on Wednesday.
The tightening is in response to the deaths of hundreds of civilians in the Kiev suburb of Butsha, for which Ukraine and the West blame Russia. Russia rejects accusations of war crimes raised in this context, calling it a fabrication to discredit Russia.
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closerUkrainian President Volodimir Selensky had earlier said he had discussed a new round of sanctions against Russia with Western leaders. “After what the world has seen in Butsha, sanctions against Russia must be in line with the seriousness of war crimes committed by the occupiers,” Selensky said in his video message to the nation early Wednesday morning.
French leader Emmanuel Macron and Selenski spoke about measures to ensure that Butscha’s atrocities do not go unpunished. France has made a special payment of 490,000 euros to the International Criminal Court to help solve the crimes, it was said in circles at the Élysée Palace in Paris following the presidents’ conversation, which lasted about an hour on Tuesday evening. In addition, France could provide the court with two judges and ten gendarmes.
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coalGerman industry supports the sanctions course of the German government and the European Union against Russia. “The atrocities in Butcha demand a decisive, unequivocal response from the West,” Siegfried Russwurm, president of the Federation of German Industries, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur in Berlin.
The embargo on Russian coal, which has been coordinated across Europe, goes far beyond the reduction in Russian coal deliveries already implemented by the companies.
implementation is not easy and has its price, but the decision is more than understandable against the background of the escalation of violence. “
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned against sabotaging negotiations between Moscow and Kiev for an end to the fighting in Ukraine. Russia will not engage in a “cat-and-mouse game” as it did in previous years over the peace plan for eastern Ukraine, Lavrov said Tuesday in a video distributed by the ministry.
Specifically, Lavrov said Russia did not want a referendum on a possible treaty between Moscow and Kiev to resolve the conflict. There was “a very high probability” that the negotiation process would start all over again in the event of a “negative outcome” in the referendum, Lavrov warned.
Ukrainian negotiators had recently declared their willingness to negotiate the country’s neutral status and its renunciation of NATO membership. In return, Kiev is demanding security guarantees from third countries. In Ukraine’s view, a possible treaty on the country’s neutrality should ultimately be put to a popular vote – after the withdrawal of Russian troops. Lavrov now openly rejected this for the first time.
weapons The U.S. wants to supply Ukraine with protective equipment that can be used in the event of Russian use of chemical or biological weapons. This was said by a representative of the U.S. government. The equipment, which Kiev has asked for, will be sent to Ukraine on an ongoing basis. Some of it has already been shipped, he said.
The U.S. approved another $100 million (91.3 million euros) for weapons for Ukraine. This will help meet Kiev’s urgent need for armor-piercing weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday night. He also reiterated continued U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Ukrainian soldiers are to receive more weapons from the United States
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the end of last week, the U.S. had already approved $300 million in weapons for Ukraine. The package was for drones, missile systems, armored vehicles, ammunition, night vision equipment, secure communications systems, machine guns, medical supplies and the provision of commercial satellite imagery.
SPD leader Lars Klingbeil announced that the German government will consider further arms deliveries. “We have just seen these days what a terrible war criminal Putin is, this must not remain without consequences,” Klingbeil said on “RTL Direkt.” He added that it must be said “that with Feb. 24, the start of the war, a rethink has taken place in the government.” Germany is now one of the largest arms suppliers to Ukraine, he said. “It must now be checked every day at a great pace what we can still supply. We must always check whether d
t is necessary whether that makes sense,” Klingbeil said. “But Germany must deliver, the Ukrainians must be strengthened. “
“New York Times” has published video footage of the death of a civilian by Russian soldiers in the Kiev suburb of Butscha. First, the research network Bellingcat had shown the footage on Twitter. The video showed a civilian pushing his bicycle through Butscha and being killed on a street corner by gunfire from the turrets of two Russian infantry fighting vehicles, the newspaper reported Wednesday night.
It said the video from late February came from the Ukrainian military and had been independently verified by the newspaper. The man’s body was eventually found after the withdrawal of Russian troops in exactly the same place as in the video, it said.
Already the day before, the “New York Times” had published satellite images from Butscha. The date overlays show that the bodies of several people were already on the streets in mid-March – before the withdrawal of Russian troops. However, the cause of death of the people was not clear from this, it added.
Kiev, more than 3800 people were evacuated from contested areas of the country on Tuesday. Some 2200 people had been brought to Zaporizhzhya from the heavily contested and mostly destroyed city of Mariupol and nearby Berdyansk, Vice-Government Head Iryna Vereshchuk said in a video message posted on Telegram on Tuesday. Another more than 1,000 people have been brought to safety from the Luhansk region, she said.
A convoy of seven buses, which was supposed to evacuate people from Mariupol and which, according to information from Kiev, was briefly detained by Russian troops in the Ukrainian village of Manhush, including Red Cross workers, eventually had to turn back. On the way back, these buses could have picked up residents of Mariupol and Berdyansk, Vereshchuk continued. The bus convoy was also followed by more than 40 private cars. It was therefore expected that another 400 people would be safe in Zaporizhzhya in the near future.
Moscow said that within 24 hours more than 18,600 people had been evacuated from “dangerous districts” of Ukraine, the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. This was reported by the state-run Tass agency on Tuesday evening, citing information provided by Major General Mikhail Mizintsev of the Russian Defense Ministry. In addition, there was increased shelling of a section of a humanitarian corridor belonging to Mariupol, it added.
With agency material
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